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October 28, 2011

Oroville Mercury Register
December 30, 1943
In The Fight
Many men from southern Butte County are fighting the Axis in Uncle Sam’s Army, Navy, Marine and Air Corps. The Oroville Mercury wants to keep those at home informed about their activities, and relatives and friends are invited to this department. Submit Pictures and news.

Malcolm Kaiser Ends Basic Flight Training

Completing his basic training course as a flier, Cadet Malcolm T. Kaiser, son of Mrs. E. B. Boyd of Biggs, was graduated recently from Marana Army Air Field at Tucson, Ariz.He was to be sent to an advanced flying school before receiving his silver wings as a pilot.He attended Oroville High School, where he graduated in 1942, and San Jose State College. He was on the basketball and track team at Oroville high school.He was a freshman at state teaching college when he enlisted as a cadet.Albert L. Kaiser of Gilroy, another son of Mrs. Boyd, also a cadet finished his primary training at Tulsa, Okla., only recently, and was to go to basic training.

Pvt. Howe Studying At Radio School
Pfc. Lester E. Howe, Jr., whose father and brother now live near Cherokee, recently has been assigned to a radio technical school at Fort Monmouth, N. J. After completion of the course he will take his place aboard a bomber with the army air force, as radio operator and repairman.Howe, a student at Oroville high school, was inducted into the service at Sacramento, July 22, 19 43, and began his military training at Monterey Presidio. He was based at Keesler Field, Mass., before transferring to Fort Monmouth.

Lt. Chilcott Ready For Active Service
Lt. J. T. Chilcott, bombardier-navigator of a B-24 Liberator bomber, will leave soon for active duty, according to a Christmas note received here by his wife’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Baldwin.Lt. Chilcott has completed bombardier and navigator schools.He is now attached to a squadron at Pueblo, Colo.His wife has accompanied him while he has attended various schools.Mrs. Chilcott, the former Jane Boyle, is the daughter of Mrs. J. C. Boyle Prospect, Ore., a sister of Mrs. Calvin Onyett of Canyon Highlands and a niece of Frank Boyle of Oroville.

Red McCutcheon Writes of India Experiences
Last word received from L. H. (Red) McCutcheon, was Oct. 25, from somewhere in India, according to Red’s mother. Mrs. McCutcheon said that in his last letter, her son wrote that people over there were sleeping in the streets. “They beg for pennies and know all the tricks to get them,” he wrote.He also told in his letter of having a “guy” to do his washing and other work for 60 cents a day, and “that is top pay.”Red’s address in USS Joshua Hendy, Far East Coastwise Lines, c/0 P. M. Merchant Marine.

Stu’s Notes
: As my readers know I’ve been writing about the Clark family who are of Maidu-English Heritage, well at the Memorial Service for Jan Pinkston, whose family on Jan’s side and also on her Husband Bill’s side had a relative that “Gave All” for their Country. Jan’s Memorial Service packed the Eagles Hall, I’ve never seen it so full a testament to Jan for all she did for our Community. While at that service I met another member of the Clark Family who served his country well in Vietnam and hopefully will give me a story. Also Alfred Clark and his four sisters were there. They are also related to the Clark Family. I’ve written before of Red McCutcheon whose brother Seaman Warren McCutcheon was killed at Pearle Harbor. You can find his stories at www.orovilleveteransmemorialpark.org.

Press Release
See the Fall colors and a very nice bunch of Patriotic People lining up on our beautiful Montgomery Street sidewalks, one of the few Veterans Day parades in Northern California always on November 11 at 11 AM.
Why this day? Well that’s another story. See and hear the Central-Ishi (Oroville Middle Schools) Marching Band, led by Ron Wolcott, play the songs of old. Also expected at the parade are Military Cadets, Missing Soldier Horse and Flags galore and lots of Veterans. See the California State National Guard Chaplin, one of Oroville’s own as Grand Marshall. Thank you, Bob Hewitt, of the Oroville Exchange Club, and the small group of patriotic citizens that put the Parade all together. Parade starts at 5th and Montgomery. The Viewing Stand will be at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce Office on Lincoln and Montgomery streets. Jim Mangus will be our M.C. See many antique cars, Chevy’s, Ford’s of the Oro Dam Cruisers and Oroville’s Model A Club, and also Military vehicles. For more information call Bob Hewitt at 534-8393.